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Summer Reading at Peoria Public Library – Help Stop “Summer Slide”


Reading By Design: Summer Reading 2017 is open for sign up now and the first day to report hours of reading is Sunday, June 4 at any Peoria Public Library location.

Each week readers return to their favorite location to sign their contract, reporting that they read for three hours. Reporting reading to earn your rewards begins June 4 and continues through July 22. Summer Reading is for all ages and families have a great time reading together and earning a Summer Reading Party Pass by reporting reading at least six of the seven weeks. Going on vacationers can still claim reading while out-of-town; just ask at the desk where you sign up.

The Summer Reading Party will be on Tuesday, July 25 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor Center. Climb into the cab of giant machinery, see a Planetarium show, be entertained by Julie K, watch a robotics demonstration by Robot Casserole, FIRST Robotics Team 1736 and see the fascinating new “Playing with Light” exhibit – it is all included with your Party Pass. Then finish the night when Grand Prize winners are announced!

The U.S. Department of Education encourages daily reading by all students over the summer break to prevent “summer slide.” Having parents and other role models read sets the tone for students to not only do better when they return to school in the fall, but develops skills and habits that will help them succeed over their lifetime.

The U.S. Department of Education also suggests parents offer incentives to young students to get them to read daily over the summer and says that one great encouragement is to let them choose the books they want to read.

Peoria Public Library helps families meet both these needs by offering Reading By Design Summer Reading. Not only will every summer reader receive a prize each week when they report their reading, but by reading six of seven weeks will earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party on Tuesday, July 25. In addition readers of all ages have access to an enormous collection of books and even downloadable books. Use the website  “What to Read Next” or ask library staff for help to find books that will interest you and your family.